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The White Darkness

by Geraldine McCaughrean

Rated: High

Sym is a 14-year-old girl who is obsessed with Antarctica — so much so that she has constant inner conversations with Captain Titus Oats, a deceased famed Antarctic explorer. She does not fit in well with her peers due to her quirky personality and need for hearing aids. When her Uncle Victor surprises her with a trip to explore Antarctica she is obviously thrilled. Her excitement diminishes, however, as her adventure becomes a nightmare. Sym has to fight to survive and learns that the people in her life are not what they appear to be.

The White Darkness is well written and the plot has many twists and turns. The book deals with the risks of obsessions in many different forms. Overall, I liked the book. It was a tad dark, and slow moving in parts, but has such an unusual premise that I enjoyed it.

Rated: High, (for younger readers, but a moderate for adults) for three uses of the f-word and a handful of other milder swear words. Also there is moderate sexual content related to a relationship between Sym and another (male) explorer, which is not overly graphic.

— Reviewed by Whitney Wagner

Whitney Wagner is an avid reader and former “how-to” columnist for her college newspaper. She works as a nurse and uses books as an escape from all things medical.

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  • The White Darkness
  • by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Young adult
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